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June 12, 2013

POTTSVILLE - Pottsville and State Police are investigating a homicide Tuesday night. Police say a 19-year-old man was shot along West Laurel Boulevard, near the Schuylkill County Courthouse, around 9 p.m. Investigators say it started with a fight between a group of individuals and escalated into a shooting. Police do not have anyone in custody at this time. They are searching for a green Subaru. Anyone with information is urged to give investigators a call.
(WNEP)

LAMAR – State Police in Clinton County are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy. It happened yesterday at around 1:30 in Porter Township. Police say the teen, identified as Ty Yonkin, was shot with an air rifle and was taken to Lock Haven Hospital where he died from his injuries. An autopsy on the boy is scheduled, but troopers say that there is nothing suspicious about the case. Reports say the shooting was accidental.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

SUNBURY - A week after a police chase that ended with a 17-year-old boy being shot in the abdomen, the teen is improving. Geisinger Medical Center nursing supervisors say 17-year-old Naheem Reams is reported in fair condition this morning after he was shot by a Sunbury police officer early last Wednesday morning. Reams had undergone surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma. Reams led police on a chase through city streets and was shot after he rammed the car he was driving into a police cruiser on South Front Street. Three officers were involved in the chase, most of which was captured on video surveillance taken by police cruisers. The three officers are on leave pending a state police investigation.  
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - An 18-year-old Lewistown woman was arrested on Monday and charged with sexually assaulting a 12-year-old boy. Brandi Forshey is jailed in the Mifflin County Prison. Lewistown Police were made aware of the alleged assault by the 12-year-old boy's mother. The incident is to have happened in early April. Forshey allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with the 12-year-old during an online conversation and police took that conversation as evidence.
(WGRC)

WINFIELD – A Lancaster County man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center following a crash last evening near Winfield in Union County. Police say 65-year-old Eddie Stillman lost control of his car on Route 15 in Union Township. The car spun out of control and hit a concrete barrier. Stillman remains in serious condition at Geisinger.
(WGRC)

LIME RIDGE - No serious injuries after a van full of children crashed into a yard along Old Berwick Road in Lime Ridge around 8:30 Tuesday morning in Columbia County.  Police say 18-year-old Thomas Konkolics fell asleep at the wheel of the van because he had only gotten four hours of sleep the night before as he was attending to a younger sibling he had to take to the a hospital emergency room. The Press Enterprise reports, the accident across from the entrance to the former RR Donnelley plant left the kids ranging from 14 months to age 18 shaken but not badly hurt. Two were treated at the scene by medics for minor cuts. The van struck a fence before careening into a pole and then a tree in the front yard of a home. The kids’ parents are attending a ministry conference in Arizona this week, and the 18-year-old was in charge of the others.
(WGRC)

MILTON – State Police say they have captured a thief that stole a gaming system and around 30 video games from a Milton man’s home. Police say 26-year-old Braden Mummy is being charged with theft after taking the items from a home in Turbot Township, Northumberland County last Thursday. Mummy is jailed on $25,000 bail in the Northumberland County Jail. Police say they are continuing their investigation into the theft.
Jim Diehl (WGRC)

HAMBURG - Authorities say a man has been arrested after trying to sell five pythons stolen from a home in central Pennsylvania. Police say Bellefonte resident Nathan Flick was arrested at a weekend reptile expo in Hamburg, Berks County trying to sell the stolen snakes for $7,100. The pythons were among 13 snakes stolen last month from the Centre County home of Christopher Robinson, a licensed reptile dealer. Officials at the Northwestern Berks Reptile Show determined the snakes were among those reported stolen and called police. Robinson drove 2 1/2 hours to Hamburg to get the snakes. Police are still investigating the burglary. Flick is charged with receiving stolen property.
(WGRC)

DANVILLE - A Northumberland woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $16,000 from her great-aunt by using her power of attorney to drain the older woman’s bank account. 48-year-old Elizabeth Strump Peterson, used some of the money to pay her son’s college tuition at Susquehanna University two years ago but also wrote checks to herself. The victim, Elenora Conrad, was in Emmanuel Nursing Home in Mahoning Township and needed someone to handle her financial affairs when she granted power of attorney to her great-niece. Peterson had been scheduled for trial this week in Montour County. But she instead opted to plead guilty Tuesday to three felony charges while others were dropped as part of a plea agreement. Peterson faces up to 24 years in prison when sentenced.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A Williamsport man was found guilty by a Lycoming County jury of one count of felony robbery this week. 27-year-old Antwone Cormier, attempted to rob the M&T Bank on West Fourth Street, in the Newberry section in December, 2012. Cormier entered the bank around 4 p.m. on a Friday and instructed a clerk to fill a bag with money. When he attempted to leave the bank, a customer pinned him to the ground and several others assisted in apprehending Cormier, who had about $425 in the bag. He will be sentenced in July.
(WGRC)

WILLIAMSPORT - A former guard at the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary has been placed on one year’s probation and ordered to pay restitution of $1,500 for stealing electrical conduit, fence posts and mesh fencing from the Allenwood correctional complex. The sentence imposed Tuesday on 52-year-old Fred Hagenbuch, of Danville, by U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher Conner adheres to a plea agreement. The daily Item reports, when he pleaded guilty to a charge of theft of government property, Hagenbuch, who is retired, claimed he thought the items he took in December, 2010, had been discarded and he was unaware they were needed for a project at the Allenwood complex.
(WGRC)

BERWICK – In Columbia County Police and residents are trying to keep an eye on neighbors and the community that's the underlying theme of the Berwick Area Community Watch. The group met Tuesday night for the second time at City Hall. Folks attending Tuesday night's meeting had an eye opening experience as they watched a program dealing with the sights and smells of Meth.
(WGRC)

FOUNTAIN SPRINGS - 59-year-old Deborah Reedy and 50-year-old Duane Maurer, both of Fountain Springs, were taken before a judge on numerous felony counts, for operating a meth-lab at their home.  Police say the meth-lab was found just before one Monday afternoon when neighbors reported a foul order coming from the home. Both are jailed in the Schuylkill County Prison.
(WPPA)

LOCK HAVEN - Workers at two auto part plants in Clinton County are off the job without notice. The abrupt closings leave about 150 employees suddenly looking for new jobs. The same company owns Fenco Technical Center and Lock Haven Distribution and without so much as a warning laid off the workers yesterday. The company says its subsidiaries are bankrupt. In a news release, parent company Motorcar Parts of America says it’s cutting ties with Fenco and Fenwick Automotive Products. The two which ran the plants in Lock Haven will now go through bankruptcy. Workers were told Monday morning during a meeting their jobs were gone and they had to leave. Another Fenco plant in Watsontown in Northumberland County also got the news Monday it was closing. Fifty-five employees are off the job there.  
(WNEP)

COAL TOWNSHIP - People in one part of Northumberland County spent the day yesterday cleaning up their homes and yards after Monday’s flash flooding. Some people had close to four feet of water in their yards. About three inches of rain fell in a short period of time causing the flooding along West Wood Street.  The people who live along West Wood Street say a drain pipe is the main problem because all of the debris that clogs the pipe and the water has no place to go.
(WNEP)

MIDDLEBURG - Snyder County officials are taking a hard look at how they incarcerate criminals. The daily Item reports, the prison board is reviewing all options, from renovating the existing jail on Old Colony Road near Selinsgrove to building a new facility or closing it and housing inmates elsewhere in a move to reduce recidivism and expenses and increase efficiency. Commissioners Joe Kantz, Malcolm Derk and Peggy Chamberlain Roup agree that all alternatives will be considered but each has a preference. Part of the problem is the 138-bed facility wasn’t built to house convicted male and female offenders, but to serve residents of the Selinsgrove Center. Commissioners are looking at more home confinements with electronic monitoring for nonviolent criminals and inmates participating in the work-release program. Officials say not only would it save money, but it likely would lessen the chances of contraband making its way inside the jail. The County is also moving forward with $100,000 in camera surveillance upgrades inside the jail.
(WGRC)

MIFFLINTOWN - The Juniata County Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a resolution to abolish the office of jury commissioner. Juniata County is just one of the latest in a string of counties across the state to abolish the positions after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the position as obsolete.  The current jury commissioner's term will continue through 2013. Jury Commissioners jobs are to make lists of potential candidates for serving on County juries, but due to modern technology, most of the work is done by computers.
(WGRC)

COLLEGE TOWNSHIP - An out-of-state developer’s plan to build student housing at the former Hilltop Mobile Home Park has suffered a defeat, but the door for rezoning remains open for now. The Centre Daily Times reports, the College Township Planning Commission voted last week to recommend that Township Council deny a request from Lafayette, Indiana-based developer Trinitas Ventures to rezone the land from a mobile home park to accommodate other housing types. The matter will return to the council, likely next month where they could go against the Commission’s recommendation and approve the request. In its initial proposal, Trinitas wanted the land to be rezoned to accommodate a 275- to 300-unit student housing complex. The request came on the heels of a decision to close the mobile home park by owners Kenneth Mayes and his sister, Sharon Mayes. Residents were told in September to find new homes by February. Coupled with the closure of another mobile home park on North Atherton Street, the decision reinvigorated debate about the lack of affordable housing in the Centre Region. Some opposed the rezoning plan on those grounds.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - The Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center's Joint Operating Committee met Tuesday evening in Lewistown to discuss procedural and personnel items related to the 2013-14 school year. The new Mifflin County committee will hold meetings at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month before Mifflin County School District's Board of Directors meetings. Juniata County will still have the opportunity to have one representative on the board, and all meetings will be held at tech center. The Sentinel reports, 342 students are enrolled at the school next year, including 117 new students. Also during the meeting, the committee approved the articles of agreement between the Mifflin County and Juniata County school districts.
(WGRC)

UNIVERSITY PARK - The Jerry Sandusky scandal has cost Penn State now almost $46 million in legal fees, crisis public relations and other expenses. The University released those figures on its website yesterday. Penn State said the latest tally represents work by more than three dozen firms who invoiced the university since March 31st. The university has been providing monthly updates on the costs, and the latest report shows work worth $1.4 million was done in the month of March. As of the end of February, the bill was $44.4 million.
(WGRC)

FREEBURG – The Freeburg Fire Company is holding a dedication ceremony this Saturday for their new Brush Truck. The ceremony will be held at eight p.m. at the Freeburg carnival grounds. Special Speaker for the event will be Terry Smith from the DCNR. At the end of the ceremony the vehicle will be dedicated to a special individual.
(WGRC)

SUNBURY – The City of Sunbury’s music in Cameron Park get’s underway at six this evening. Each Wednesday evening at six p.m. through September Tenth different musical groups will perform at the band shell at the park. Participants are asked to bring along a lawn chair and enjoy the evening’s entertainment.
(WGRC)

LEWISTOWN - One-by-one the kayakers and canoers participating in the annual Sojourn, on the Juniata River drifted in to Victory Park on Tuesday for a lunch break. The Sojourn, held by the Juniata Clean Water Partnership brings people together to embark on a journey down the river to draw attention to watershed conservation. The four-day trip down the river started Saturday at Mapleton Depot's Riverside Park and will end today in Juniata County at Mexico. The Sentinel reports, this was the 13th Sojourn down the Juniata River.
(WGRC)

ANTES FORT – In Lycoming County a group of Nippenose Township residents made it clear Tuesday night that they want relief from what they said are unbearable odors and unlivable conditions while blood and animal by-products from a slaughter house are being spread on area fields. Several people showed up at the Township Supervisors meeting wanting supervisors to put a stop to the practice they say causes the odor, breeds flies and could cause health problems for resident’s wells. The Sun Gazette reports, residents are blaming supervisors and the state Department of Environmental Protection for failing to enforce existing laws dealing with the issue. Supervisors told the group that they are living near farmland and that there is no zoning ordinance against stink. DEP records show an area farmer is allowed to spread up to 21 million gallons of animal waste that comes from Nicholas Meat Packing, of Loganton, according to a nutrient management plan approved by DEP and the Lycoming County Conservation District. Meanwhile a nutrient management commercial planner with Team Ag, of Ephrata, says the slaughterhouse byproduct is organically better than manure spread on farmers' fields. The waste is comprised of blood, manure and wash water that contains biodegradable sanitizers. The product helps plant growth and adds to soil health. The farmer did receive a citation from the DEP in April when some of the waste entered a stream, but didn’t make it to the Susquehanna River.
(WGRC)

LINDEN - PennDOT will host a public meeting for the Route 220 Access Management Study at the Woodward Township Volunteer Fire Company in Lycoming County on Tuesday, June 25th, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The fire company is located at 4147 North Route 220 Highway, Linden. The access management study is being conducted for the Route 220 corridor in Piatt and Woodward townships from just west of Route 287 to the Jersey Shore, West Fourth Street Interchange. All residents, business owners, and other interested parties are encouraged to participate. The meeting will be an open house format, with informational displays and opportunities to talk one-on-one with study representatives. Serving approximately 22,000 vehicles a day, the Route 220 corridor is a vital connection between Interstate 80 and Williamsport. The access management study seeks to identify access issues within the corridor and identify short-, medium-, and long-term access changes that can be made to improve the safety of the Route 220 corridor. The public will also be encouraged to offer comments on existing access points along the corridor.  
(WGRC)
 
SELINSGROVE - Susquehanna University faculty and downtown businesses are collaborating on a new summer education program. Susquehanna faculty members are working with local business owners to organize public dinner discussions weekly throughout the summer. Dubbed “early-bird specials,” the discussions will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturdays at various downtown locations. The first early-bird special, scheduled for this Saturday, June 15th. It will be presented by Associate Professor of Management Leann Mischel at Isabella’s Restaurant, located at 23 South Market Street. The topic of discussion will be entrepreneurship. Future early-bird specials will include discussions on climate change, the region’s geology, writing a personal memoir, and the health of local waterways and aquatic life. All discussions are free and open to the public, and dining is optional. For more information email mainstreetmanager@susqu.edu.
 (WGRC)

HARRISBURG - State Treasurer Rob McCord is taking a significant public step toward running for governor in next year's crowded Democratic Party primary. McCord has filed paperwork to start the McCord for Governor political action committee. The Associated Press reports, the move gives him an account to begin raising money for a race that he's widely expected to enter. The Democratic primary winner will challenge the re-election bid of Republican Governor Tom Corbett. Among the others declaring their intention to run are Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, Wolf Organization Inc. chairman and CEO Tom Wolf, two former state environmental protection secretaries -- John Hanger and Kathleen McGinty -- and Minister Max Myers.
(WGRC)